McIntosh has released a surge protection device it calls the McIntosh MPC500 Power Controller (pictured above, click on image for larger view).

The McIntosh MPC500 provides its 240V a.c. mains protection by using three thermally protected metal-oxide varistors (TPMOVs), plus voltage monitoring, so the MPC500 will automatically switch off connected devices in a brown-out. The a.c. line is also filtered to prevent against electromagnetic interference. For Ethernet, coaxial, and other low voltage devices the McIntosh MPC500 provides protection via Gas Discharge Tubes (GDT), Positive Temperature Coefficient (PTC) thermistors and Transient Voltage Suppressors (TVSs).

Inconsistencies in the 240 volt mains power can cause costly damage to electronic devices,’ said Philip Sawyer, of Synergy AV, which distributes McIntosh in Australia. ‘You can protect your home audio investment with the MPC500, which features cascaded surge protection, and delivers full-mode a.c. power line surge protection as well as protecting low voltage devices against secondary surges and spikes that can occur after the initial event.’

The front panel display of the McIntosh MPC500 shows input voltage, the current being drawn through the output sockets, or the total (apparent) power draw. The McIntosh MPC500 will be available in Australia in May and will be priced at $5,495 (RRP).

For more information, contact Synergy AV